Finland and Sweden inch closer to seeking NATO membership

5/16/2022 1:00:00 AM

Top NATO diplomats gathered Sunday in Berlin as Finland announced it would apply to join the Western alliance.

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking Sunday after top diplomats from the alliance's 30 member states met in Berlin, said the process for Finland and Sweden to join could be very quick.

Top NATO diplomats gathered Sunday in Berlin as Finland announced it would apply to join the Western alliance.

Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Finland's President Sauli Niinisto attend a joint news conference in Helsinki on May 15, 2022. "This is a historic day. A new era begins," Niinisto said.The plan to join the alliance will be discussed in Sweden's parliament on Monday, and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson's Cabinet will make an announcement later that day.

NATO's secretary-general, meanwhile, sought to highlight Russian setbacks, which he said may portend a victory for Ukraine.Sweden has also already taken steps toward joining the alliance, while Georgia's bid is again being discussed despite dire warnings from Moscow about the consequences if its neighbor becomes part of NATO. 

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Their applications will be rejected. It will be vetoed by at least one member.

Turkey lays out demands as Finland, Sweden seek NATO membershipTurkey's foreign minister said on Sunday that Sweden and Finland must stop supporting terrorists in their countries, provide clear security guarantees and lift export bans on Turkey as they seek membership in NATO. Refusing to address Turkey's security concerns, while entering an alliance that would demand Turkey support their security concerns seems pretty crappy for Turkey. Otherwise, entry should be rejected as an undesirable risk, addressable via cooperation as non-NATO members. Just plain outright blackmail to further their own agenda! Throw out all Islam dominant countries from the alliance. They are not friends of Europe.

Russia-Ukraine war live updates: NATO chief endorses looming Finland, Sweden addition as ‘historic moment’Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on Sunday to discuss military aid for Ukraine and the continuation of food exports to the developing world. Follow our live updates: 💙💛

Finland, Sweden want in to NATO amid Russia-Ukraine warFinland declared that it wants to join NATO and a “new era,” while Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg expressed hope that Ukraine could win the war as Russian military advances appear to be faltering. We are going to stop dumping money that Mr Zelenskyy seems to be enjoying into Ukraine and Starr worrying about the other side of the map like that Motherland Fatherland

Türkiye 'not closing door' to Sweden, Finland NATO entry: Kalin'What needs to be done is clear: they have to stop allowing PKK outlets, activities, organisations, individuals and other types of presence to...exist in those countries,' Türkiye's presidential spokesperson Ibrahim Kalin says. While 🇸🇪Sweden and 🇫🇮Finland have not been willing to join NATO for years, they voiced the following argument: 'The best protection is to stay away from war and peaceful diplomacy. Sweden has not been involved in wars for 200 years and its military security is strong diplomacy.

Russia fumes as Finland and Sweden push for NATO membershipMoscow has warned that if the Nordic nations are accepted into the alliance, 'Russia will be forced to take retaliatory steps.'

'A New Era Begins,' Leaders Say, as Finland Announces Intention to Join NATOThe president and government of Finland announced Sunday that the previously neutral Nordic country intends to apply for membership in NATO. They think Russia isnt so strong by joining the NATO. Well i hope they are right Let’s focus on Finland and not the 400 kids that were running through the streets of Chicago last night. I’m surprised the millennium park death made it on the front page.

NATO moving closer to its borders , so the developments will be sure to further anger Moscow.Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking with Turkish reporters after a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Berlin, said Turkey was not threatening anybody or seeking leverage but speaking out especially about Sweden's support for the PKK Kurdish militant group.Control areas as of May 13 100 MILES Sources: Institute for the Study of War, AEI’s Critical Threats Project, Post reporting Ukrainian troops appear to have forced a Russian withdrawal in Kharkiv and are launching counterattacks with the aim of disrupting supply lines and making it harder for Moscow to encircle Kyiv’s forces and capture the entire Donbas region, analysts and local officials say.By FRANK JORDANS and JARI TANNER Associated Press • May 15, 2022 at 1:21 pm BERLIN — Finland’s government declared a “new era” is underway as it inches closer to seeking NATO membership, hours before Sweden’s governing party on Sunday backed a plan to join the trans-Atlantic alliance amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

President Vladimir Putin has already warned his Finnish counterpart on Saturday that relations would be"negatively affected." NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, speaking Sunday after top diplomats from the alliance's 30 member states met in Berlin, said the process for Finland and Sweden to join could be very quick. Finland confirmed on Sunday that it would apply for NATO membership and Sweden is expected to follow suit, in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. He also expressed his hope that Ukraine could win the war as Russian military advances appear to be faltering. Mariupol: A convoy of evacuees from this southeastern Ukrainian port city, which is under near-total Russian control, reached safety in the city of Zaporizhzhia on Saturday, a city official said. Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Finland's President Sauli Niinisto attend a joint news conference in Helsinki on May 15, 2022. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.  Heikki Saukkomaa/ Lehtikuva/via REUTERS In Finland, President Sauli Niinisto and Prime Minister Sanna Marin confirmed earlier statements that their country would seek membership in NATO during a joint news conference at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki. Speaking after top diplomats from the alliance’s 30 member states met in Berlin, Stoltenberg also expressed his hope that Ukraine could win the war as Russian military advances appear to be faltering.

The Nordic country, which was nonaligned before changing its stance on NATO, shares a long border with Russia. Sign up Subscribe to our newsletter to get all the news you need to start your day. Kyiv: A wartime curfew in Kyiv will begin an hour later starting Sunday, the mayor said, as the capital treads cautiously toward some semblance of normalcy amid the Russian invasion. "This is a historic day. A new era begins," Niinisto said. The Finnish Parliament is expected to endorse the decision in the coming days. to 5 a. A formal membership application will then be submitted to NATO headquarters in Brussels, most likely at some point next week. The Finnish Parliament is expected to endorse the decision in the coming days.

Sweden, also nonaligned, moved a step closer to applying for NATO membership after the governing Social Democratic party met Sunday and backed joining the trans-Atlantic alliance. The plan to join the alliance will be discussed in Sweden's parliament on Monday, and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson's Cabinet will make an announcement later that day. Lviv: A Russian missile struck military infrastructure in this city in western Ukraine about 4:30 a. "Our 200-year-long standing policy of military nonalignment has served Sweden well," Andersson said during a news conference in Stockholm late Sunday."But the issue at hand is whether military nonalignment will keep serving us well?" "We're now facing a fundamentally changed security environment in Europe." NATO's secretary-general, meanwhile, sought to highlight Russian setbacks, which he said may portend a victory for Ukraine. No deaths or injuries were immediately reported from the attack, he said. Sweden’s governing party backed a plan to join the trans-Atlantic alliance amid Russia’s war in Ukraine.

"Russia's war in Ukraine is not going as Moscow had planned," Stoltenberg said by video link to the NATO meeting in Berlin as he recovers from a COVID-19 infection.""They failed to take Kyiv. They are pulling back from around Kharkiv. Their major offensive in Donbas has stalled. Russia is not achieving its strategic objectives. “But the issue at hand is whether military nonalignment will keep serving us well?” Advertisement “We’re now facing a fundamentally changed security environment in Europe.

" "Ukraine can win this war," he said, adding that NATO must continue to step up its military support to the country. Sweden has also already taken steps toward joining the alliance, while Georgia's bid is again being discussed despite dire warnings from Moscow about the consequences if its neighbor becomes part of NATO.  Nordic NATO member Norway said it strongly welcomed Finland's decision to seek membership. Norwegian Foreign Minister Anniken Huitfeldt described Helsinki's move as"a turning point" for the Nordic region's defense and security policies. "Finnish membership in NATO will be good for Finland, good for the Nordic region, and good for NATO. “Russia’s war in Ukraine is not going as Moscow had planned,” Stoltenberg said by video link to the NATO meeting in Berlin as he recovers from a COVID-19 infection.

Finland has Norway's full support," Huitfeldt said in comments emailed to The Associated Press. Huitfeldt said the Norwegian government would facilitate"a swift consent to ratification by the Norwegian Parliament" for Finland's accession into NATO. "We are now seeing unprecedented unity in NATO. With the Finnish membership, we will further strengthen the Nordic flank of the military alliance," Huitfeldt said. Stoltenberg said he was confident the accession process for Finland and Sweden could be expedited.” “Ukraine can win this war,” he said, adding that NATO must continue to step up its military support to the country.

In the meantime, the alliance would increase its presence in the Baltic region to deter Russian threats, he said. "All allies realize the historic magnitude of the moment," Stoltenberg added. That sentiment was echoed by German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock. "Sweden and Finland, if you're ready, we're ready," she said. But NATO member Turkey has raised concerns about the two countries joining, alleging they support Kurdish militants that Ankara considers terrorists. Stoltenberg said he was confident the accession process for Finland and Sweden could be expedited.

The Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, has waged an insurgency against Turkey since 1984 and the conflict has killed tens of thousands of people. Turkey has also been infuriated by U.S. support for PKK-linked Syrian Kurdish militants to fight the Islamic State group. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told reporters in Berlin that Finland and Sweden had also imposed restrictions on defense sales to Turkey that he called"unacceptable. Advertisement But NATO member Turkey has raised concerns about the two countries joining, alleging they support Kurdish militants that Ankara considers terrorists.

" "It's not because we are against the expansion of NATO but because we believe countries who support terror and follow such policies against us should not be NATO allies," Çavuşoğlu said. However, Stoltenberg said his understanding is that Turkey aims not to keep Finland or Sweden out but rather to have its concerns addressed first. "Turkey has made it clear that their intention is not to block membership," he said. Nonetheless, Turkey's raising of its grievances has led to concerns in Washington and Brussels that other NATO members might also use the admission process as a way to wring concessions from allies, possibly complicating and delaying accession. U. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu told reporters in Berlin that Finland and Sweden had also imposed restrictions on defense sales to Turkey that he called “unacceptable.

S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who spoke with Çavuşoğlu and will see him again on the margins of a special U.N. Security Council meeting later this week in New York, declined to comment on those concerns. But he was optimistic that all NATO members would support bids from Finland and Sweden. U.

"I'm very confident that we will reach consensus," he said after the meeting in Berlin. On the sidelines of the Berlin meeting, Blinken met earlier Sunday with Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba to discuss the impact of the war and how to get Ukraine's grain to international markets Denmark's foreign minister, Jeppe Kofod, dismissed suggestions that objections from Putin could hinder the alliance from letting in new members. "We see now a world where the enemy of democracy number one is Putin and the thinking that he represents," Kofod said, adding that NATO would also stand with other countries, such as Georgia, which he said were being"instrumentalized" by Russia. .